Micah Fields is the recipient of the Oxford American’s 2018-19 Jeff Baskin Writers Fellowship. He lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas, and his book about Houston’s story of development and storms is forthcoming from W. W. Norton.
A flood is no cooperative beast. It doesn’t distribute itself uniformly. Its edges stretch and shrink, and Houston lay underneath a giant, erratic web of floods, not a single sea but multitudes of individual ones, sprouting like fungus in the city’s every depression.
With a backpack full of disposable cameras, Micah Fields walked over a hundred miles of Houston—his hometown, a city notorious for its “unwalkability”—to capture its vibrant communities and surprising geographical “idiosyncrasies.”